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Bishop Gore School reunion grows as former pupils register interest

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 08, 2012

Bishop Gore School pupils pictured back in 1953.

Bishop Gore School pupils pictured back in 1953.

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ARE you in this photograph? If so you are invited to a special reunion.

The guest list for the diamond jubilee celebrations of the opening of Bishop Gore School in Swansea has been increased due to a surge of interest from former pupils.

A reunion of the first ever intake of boys into the Sketty school — originally built as a replacement for Swansea Grammar School 60 years ago — has created so much interest organisers are now inviting any boy who attended the grammar school up until 1970.

Organisers, and former pupils Lyn Frame, Hywel Evans and Gerry Lindenburn held a similar event 10 years ago to mark the school's half century. Work started on the building in 1938, four years after the old school in Mount Pleasant was condemned by the Board of Education, but construction was halted a year later with the outbreak of the Second World War.

Pupils had to wait another six years after the end of the war before being admitted to the new site for the first time.

Among the school's past pupils is former Swansea East MP Lord Donald Anderson.

Mr Evans said: "The interest has been so great since we announced plans for the reunion in the Evening Post last week that we would now like to open it up to all the boys who attended the school as a grammar school."

The celebration will take place in the main school hall on De La Beche Road on October 26, and there could even be a special guest as Mr Lindenburn joked: "As this year is our diamond jubilee, we thought why not? We have even invited the Queen as we share a jubilee, we haven't heard back yet but we do have an insider with Lord Anderson."

Of the previous reunion, held to mark the school's 50th anniversary, Mr Lindenburn said: "It went very well last time and we were amazed by how many of the boys turned up, the furthest arrived back from New Zealand."

The all boys school merged with the girls' grammar school Glanmor and Townhill Secondary School to become Bishop Gore Comprehensive school in 1971.

One of the first in was Viv Howells, who provided the 1953 official school photograph seen above.

geraint.thomas@swwmedia.co.uk

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